Tuesday, December 20, 2011

From Uptown to Hollywood – Sherlock Holmes

More Uptown history from the amazing David Stratis:

If you're planning to see the new "Sherlock Holmes" movie -- starring Robert Downey, Jr. & Jude Law -- you might be interested in the amazing “Uptown Connection."

According to a New York Times movie review, Uptown Chicago's Essanay Studios' 1916 Sherlock Holmes was "the first American feature-length film based on Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes."

  • Gillette Castle:  If you've been to Connecticut, you may have visited “Gillette Castle State Park” in East Haddam, CT, to tour William Gillette’s castle.  This very odd castle was built by Essanay’s star, William Gillette. (aka the first American movie-star Sherlock Holmes)
  • Movie Stills:  While the movie itself is considered lost (the earliest nitrate films didn't fare too well with time), several movie stills can be found on a simple Google search (see above).

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